There is a vast range of Backgrounds and Traits for players to choose from in Starfield to help customize their character and immerse them deeper into the game’s lore-rich world.

Whether you’re hoping to craft the ideal space cowboy or start your career as a space thief, Starfield’s many Background and Trait options will help you with that.

But how many Backgrounds and Traits are there in the game, and what do they all do? Below, you’ll find a complete breakdown of each one.

Starfield All Backgrounds

There are 21 different Backgrounds available to the player in Starfield. Each one comes with three corresponding skills as well as flavor text to help immerse the player.

Backgrounds aren’t as important as Traits, as they only really affect the starting skills you’re more proficient in. However, they are more tailored to helping players roleplay the character they wish to be.

The backgrounds list and corresponding skills in Starfield on the right with the player character on the left

Here are all 21 Backgrounds and their corresponding skills in Starfield:

BackgroundSkills
Beast HunterFitness
Ballistics
Gastronomy
BouncerBoxing
Security
Fitness
Bounty HunterPiloting
Targeting Control Systems
Boost Pack Training
ChefGastronomy
Dueling
Scavenging
Combat MedicPistol Certification
Medicine
Wellness
Cyber RunnerStealth
Security
Theft
CyberneticistMedicine
Security
Lasers
DiplomatPersuasion
Commerce
Wellness
ExplorerLasers
Astrodynamics
Surveying
GangsterShotgun Certification
Boxing
Theft
HomesteaderGeology
Surveying
Weight Lifting
Industrialist Persuasion
Security
Research Methods
Long HaulerWeight Lifting
Piloting
Ballistic Weapon Systems
PilgrimScavenging
Surveying
Gastronomy
ProfessorAstrodynamics
Geology
Research Methods
RoninDueling
Stealth
Scavenging
SculptorMedicine
Geology
Persuasion
Soldier Fitness
Ballistics
Boost Pack Training
Space ScoundrelPistol Certification
Piloting
Persuasion
XenobiologistLasers
Surveying
Fitness
[File Not Found]Wellness
Ballistics
Piloting

Make sure to check out what each skill affects in Starfield to get a clear idea of which Background best suits your character build.

Starfield All Traits

There are 17 unique Traits for the player to choose from in Starfield. At the beginning of the game, you can pick 3 of them.

Each Trait dramatically alters how you will play the game and even some of the content you can access. Some just offer stat boosts, while others give you exclusive features.

The traits list in Starfield on the right with the player character on the left

Here are all 17 Traits and their corresponding effect:

TraitEffect
Alien DNAYou volunteered for a controversial experiment that combines alien and
human DNA. As a result, you start with increased health and oxygen, but
healing and food items aren’t as effective.
Dream HomeYou own a luxurious, customizable house on a peaceful planet! Unfortunately,
it comes with a 125,000 credit mortgage with GalBank that has to be paid
weekly.
EmpathYou are deeply connected to the feelings of others. Performing actions your
companion likes will result in a temporary increase in combat effectiveness.
But, performing actions they don’t like will have the precise opposite effect.
Extrovert You’re a people person. Exerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring
with human companions, but more when adventuring alone.
(Incompatible with Introvert)
Freestar Collective SettlerYou gain access to special Freestar Collective dialogue options, and better
rewards from some missions given by the faction. But, crime bounty towards
other factions is greatly increased.
(Incompatible with Neon Street Rat, United Colonies Native)
Hero WorshippedYou’ve earned the attention of an annoying “Adoring Fan” who will show up randomly and jabber at you incessantly. He’ll join your ship’s crew and give you gifts.
IntrovertYou really need your alone time. Exerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring alone, but more when adventuring with human companions.
Kid StuffYour parents are alive and well, and you can visit them at their home. But you
will automatically send 2% of your credits home to them every week.
Neon Street RatYou grew up on the mean streets of Neon. You gain access to special dialogue
options, and better rewards from some missions on Neon. Crime bounty by
other factions is greatly increased.
(Incompatible with Freestar Collective Settler and United Colonies Native)
Raised Enlightened You grew up as a member of the Enlightened. You gain access to a special
chest full of items in the House of the Enlightened in New Atlantis, but lose
access to the Sanctum Universum chest.
(Incompatible with Raised Universal and Serpent’s Embrace)
Raised UniversalYou grew up as a member of the Sanctum Universum. You gain access to a
special chest full of items in the Sanctum Universum in New Atlantis, but lose
access to the House of the Enlightened chest.
(Incompatible with Raised Enlightened and Serpent’s Embrace)
Serpent’s EmbraceYou grew up worshiping the Great Serpent. Grav jumping provides a temporary
boost to health and oxygen, but health and oxygen are lowered if you don’t
continue jumping regularly – like an addiction.
(Incompatible with Raised Enlightened and Raised Universal)
SpacedYour body has become acclimated to space. Health and oxygen are increased
when in space, but decreased when on the surface.
(Incompatible with Terra Firma)
TaskmasterOccasionally, if you have crew trained in a certain ship system, that system will
automatically repair itself to full health whenever it is damaged below 50%.
However, all crew cost twice as much to hire.
Terra Firma You’ve never acclimated to space. Health and oxygen are increased when on
the surface, but decreased when you’re in space.
(Incompatible with Spaced)
United Colonies NativeYou gain access to special United Colonies dialogue options, and better
rewards from some missions given by the faction. However, crime bounty by
other factions is greatly increased.
(Incompatible with Freestar Collective Settler and Neon Street Rat)
WantedSomeone put a price on your head, and the word has spread. Occasionally, armed mercenaries will show up and try to kill you, but being cornered gives you the edge – when your health is low, you do extra damage.
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